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Walker’s 25 lift Celtics over Kawhi-less Clippers 117-112

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The Clippers, who have lost five of eight, played without Leonard after he was ruled out shortly before the game due to back spasms. “A lot of teams right now have been hurting us with the switching.”

In a game that featured 16 lead changes, the Celtics took a 91-89 edge into the fourth quarter.

The Celtics took advantage of not having to contend with Leonard on the defensive end and started the game 9 of 10 from the field to take an early 20-13 lead.

But George picked up the offensive slack for the Clippers, scoring 21 points in the opening 24 minutes to put Los Angeles in front 63-62 at the half.

“We’ve just been playing well, playing tough. Not letting little things affect us throughout the course of the game,” he said.

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